Paint­ing rain­bows for autism

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

THE City of Joon­dalup will not progress two plan­ning scheme amend­ments that seek to re­duce the res­i­den­tial den­sity in parts of Dun­craig.

Amend­ments 88 and 90 pro­posed re­duc­ing the den­sity of Hous­ing Op­por­tu­nity Area 1 west of the Mitchell Free­way from R20/R40 and R20/R60 to R20/R30.

The City has 10 hous­ing op­por­tu­nity ar­eas that aim to in­crease den­sity in ar­eas near train sta­tions, pub­lic trans­port and shop­ping cen­tres to meet State Govern­ment in­fill tar­gets.

At last month’s coun­cil brief­ing, plan­ning and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Dale Page said com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the amend­ments was ex­ten­sive, with 1014 in­for­ma­tion packs sent out.

She said of the 272 re­sponses in the area for amend­ment 88, 76.8 per cent sup­ported re­duc­ing the den­sity and of the 94 in the area for amend­ment 90, 78.7 per cent were in sup­port.

Ms Page said though res­i­dents’ con­cerns for higher den­sity were ac­knowl­edged, the rec­om­men­da­tion was not to progress the amend­ments.

She said Dun­craig res­i­dents were not alone in their con­cerns, with other sub­urbs also seek­ing lower den­sity, and that a “broader and more strate­gic ap­proach” was re­quired to man­age the im­pacts of den­sity across all hous­ing op­por­tu­nity ar­eas.

“If we progress the amend­ments, this will cre­ate expectations in other parts of the com­mu­nity and there will be fur­ther calls for ad­di­tional amend­ments,” she said.

Mayor Albert Ja­cob said that for the City to ad­dress the “le­git­i­mate com­mu­nity con­cerns be­ing raised” in all hous­ing op­por­tu­nity ar­eas, it needed to stop mak­ing ad hoc amend­ments.

“Ap­proach­ing plan­ning in this way is di­vi­sive in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

How­ever, Cr Rus­sell Poli­wka said the coun­cil had “caused se­vere angst”.

The rec­om­men­da­tion was passed 7-4, with Crs Poli­wka, Nige Jones, Christo­pher May and John Ch­ester vot­ing against.

This de­ci­sion means the coun­cil can now re­quest the Plan­ning Min­is­ter to fi­nalise the City’s draft Lo­cal Plan­ning Scheme.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d483476

Ce­leste Mun­tean, Lach­lan Bev­eridge, Maya De Lima, Ri­ley Hales and Oliver Chiera bit­ing into Paint Me a Rain­bow ac­tiv­i­ties.

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